KEVIN Durant expects a tougher rematch once the Golden State Warriors hosts his former team Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time), but refused to dwell on the ongoing silence between him and ex-teammate Russell Westbrook.
The Warriors handily beat the Thunder, 122-96, when they first met in early November. But Durant, who fired a season-high 39 points and a career-best seven triples on that November 3 clash, believes another emotionally-charged battle awaits Golden State against an OKC team that he said will always have a special place in his heart.
“It’s never going to be a regular game for me. I’m just going to play. There’s nothing serious. We got the first one out the way, and we’re just going to play the next game,” Durant told ESPN on Tuesday.
"I'm excited,” he added. “I’m sure it will [be emotional]. It's people I've been with for so long and to see them again, yeah, they'll be some emotions. But I've still got a job to do."
But the Warriors forward refused to comment any further on his former teammate Russell Westbrook, as the two have not spoken to each other since that first meeting.
“I talked about that already. I’m not talking about that,” he said, adding that he’ll only gladly discuss game-related questions.
“Anything about the game, I’ll talk to you. All that other stuff, I don’t have anything to say,” added Durant.
But he shared his thoughts about another former teammate, Enes Kanter, who talked trash to him when the two teams first met. Durant shared that whether Kanter jaws at him again or not, he’ll make sure it doesn’t distract him from what he and the Warriors are supposed to do.
“I’m up for anything. I just play, man. I don’t start nothing. I just play my game,” Durant said.
“I try to focus on me, on how I’m going to approach the game and focus on how we’re going to do it as a team. All that other stuff doesn’t matter to me,” he added.